Vintage Cookbooks, Free to a good home
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I have a lot of the smaller cookbooks from the thirties, and forties, and fifties, and I had to just toss them in the paper recycle. I'd be happy to pay shipping (as long as it's in the continental US, sorry, Alaska and Hawaii) to anyone that seems like they'd like them. I have some pictures, however, the canning books in those pictures are NOT included. In addition, I think there's more books than this shows.
(Ryzon was a brand of baking soda, in long ago times)
(These are the first few Pillsbury Bakeoff Cookbooks, except not the very first.)
BTW, newbie here. My name is Chibitika. Nice to meet you.
Varielle, those "stained and horrible" cookbooks from your mother are still good enough to use! Some of us care more about the content than the condition of the book, because we use the cookbooks for cooking or reading, or both! Not just for collecting. Another perfectly good use for them is a good ol' trip down memory lane. Sounds like they are still in use!
A lot of these are ebooks. I used to get a daily email listing free Kindle cookbooks available on Amazon,and I "bought" almost all of them because I wanted to build a reference library. Amazon changed something about their site and the company that did the email could no longer identify the day's free books, so that feast is over and done with, but I'm not complaining. I've got a tidy little reference library that I've used many times.
I also have a lot of vintage and antique cookbooks. I'm planning on doing something really interesting with them some day, like a blog, but I'm not working steadily on that project yet. My house was burglarized and vandalized and I'm still trying to get everything in order. I haven't been able to tell if the filthy slobs who did this stole books from me, that is how bad the vandalizing was, but I do know they ruined lots of books by walking on them with their big fat muddy/poopy feet (you don't want to know). I've had to throw out a copy paper box full of cooking booklets and pamphlets, and some paperbacks and hard covers. But, really, I'm still left with over 600 books, so I shouldn't whine too much over the loss. It could have been so much worse, I know.
There will be at least 10 when I am done, but that may not be today.
I have several really good Australian cookbooks, and since I do a lot of substitutions all the time, I'm happy to accept inspiration from lots of different places. It's worth noting that Australian standard measurements differ from both US and UK standards. Most important is the tablespoon. Both US and UK it's 15 ml. Aussie is 20!
Yes the 'standard' measure is a bit of a misnomer. There are web sites that will help you out.
I'm sorry to hear that your daughter doesn't want the cookbooks, but I'm very sure my daughter doesn't want most of the ones I have, either. I've actually found copies of the few that she liked, and the canning books will be one of the things she keeps, as well. The others? I should probably just take many of them off the shelves, and donate them to the library for their next book sale...except that I love them, and would feel the loss.
After all, I was only clearing the shelf for the theoretical need of space, not actual. It won't be actual until my mom finishes reading the memoir of Jacques Pépin The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen. That is one which will go on that shelf. That particular shelf is dedicated to books about cooking which are a pleasure to read, and possibly have some good advice/recipes, but are not really cookbooks.
I found I wanted to keep the historical cookbooks for now though, because I have recently become interested in fermentation and making everything we eat from fresh ingredients, including condiments. The historical books have some very good advice on that.